Ohio postal worker to plead guilty to mail theft

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service worker will plead guilty to charges accusing him of stealing cash and gift cards from mail at a central Ohio processing center and assaulting officers.

Federal authorities say Postal Service agents saw Terrence McLean (muh'-KLAYN) open envelopes and remove the contents while sorting mail in June at the Columbus center and put mail in his sock and down his pants.

Agents say McLean punched and bit them when they arrested him.

Documents filed Thursday in federal court in Columbus say McLean will plead guilty to 71 counts of mail theft, 12 counts of receiving stolen mail and two counts of assaulting a federal officer.

Investigators say they recovered 71 first-class letters, 20 gift cards and $341 in cash when searching McLean.

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